Toronto Screening Calendar: December 2018

With the embarrassment of riches being shown on Toronto’s multiple screens dedicated to repertory cinema, we decided it was high time to create a monthly guide for all of our local readers. Highlighting everything from the classic to the bizarre, from the backroom at Eyesore Cinema to the recently reopened Ontario Cinesphere, we’ve included dozens of screenings taking place all over the city. Find out which ones are FREE, which are 35mm prints, and which screenings are accompanied by special guests and other performances, from burlesque dancing and live bands, to the classic monthly shadowcast screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Also be sure to check out some of these ongoing, extensive retrospectives at the TIFF Bell Lightbox:

Close Encounters: The Cinema of Steven Spielberg

Starting December 21st, the filmmaker who redefined American popular cinema receives his first ever TIFF Cinematheque retrospective.


Bergman 100: The Ingmar Bergman Centenary
A smash hit in London and New York, this centenary celebration of the revered Swedish master is packed with classics, rarities, and recent restorations.

A Woman Possessed: The Films of Joan Crawford

From Grand Hotel through Johnny Guitar to the Grand Guignol nightmare of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, TIFF surveys the cinema of the fearsomely determined Golden Age superstar

The Great War on Film 


To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, TIFF welcomes artists, experts, and combat veterans for this expansive retrospective exploring the cinematic depictions of the 20th century’s first modern war.

Dec. 1

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) @ Revue Cinema

White Christmas  (1954) @ The Royal


Black Christmas (1974) @ The Royal

The Last Pogo Jumps Again (2013) @ Revue Cinema

Peeping Tom (1960) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox


Dec. 2


Julie and Julia (2009) @ Revue Cinema

Presented by the Bechdel Tested series, tackling topics of women’s representation in various fields.

Prancer (1989) @ The Royal

Mega Fun Movie Explosion presents this kid-friendly screening. Arrive a half-hour before the feature starts for games, activities and a raffle!


Let The Right One In (2008) @ The Royal


Dec. 3

Elf (2003) FREE @ The Royal

Presented by NOW Free Flick Mondays.


Dec. 6

New Jack City (1991) 35mm @ The Royal

BLACK GOLD returns to warm up your winter with a 35mm screening of Mario Van Peebles’ seminal crime flick screening on 35mm!

Encino Man (1992) @ Eyesore Cinema

Brendan Fraser’s finest performance is a fitting finale for Eyesore’s “Frase Haze” retrospective.

Chinatown (1974) FREE @ U of T Media Commons

Carol (2015) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

TIFF and Inside Out invite you to a special Carol-themed evening of Christmas carolling and karaoke, followed by a screening of Todd Haynes’ tender adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel.


Dec. 7

Opening Night (1977) @ The Royal

The Wiz (1978) FREE @ Innis Town Hall

Peeping Tom (1960) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Good Tidings (2016) @ Eyesore Cinema

Night of the Demons (1988), The Addiction (1995), & Sole Survivor (1984) FREE @ The Kingsway

Fear is Free Fridays presents another burst of HORROR


Dec. 7, 8 & 9

Die Hard (1988) @ The Cinesphere


Dec. 8

Hook (1991) @ Revue Cinema

Hosted and curated by local favourite and writer Crystal-Rose Madore, Throwback Cinema showcases the best of family and kid-friendly cinema from the 1970s-1990s, from blockbusters to cult classics.

Husbands (1970) @ The Royal

Killer Angels (1989) + Angel Terminators II (1993) @ Eyesore Cinema 

Always Asian Presents: Girls with Guns Double Bill.


Dec. 8 & 9

Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience (2004) @ The Cinesphere


Dec. 9

The Docks of New York (1928) @ Revue Cinema

Silent Revue is Toronto’s celebrated ongoing exploration of Silent Cinema – the only year-round dedicated selection of silent films in a theatrical venue. All screenings feature live musicians and are set in the fabulous silent-era Revue Cinema!

Trancers (1984) 35mm @ The Royal  

Presented by the Laser Blast Film Society.


Dec. 11

Santa with Muscles (1996) FREE @ The Royal

Presented by Indie88’s Band and a Movie with a special performance set from the band Tokyo Police Club.


Dec. 12

Tokyo Godfathers (2003) @ Revue Cinema

Prizes will be raffled courtesy of The Beguiling and the TCAF Shop!

Eyes Wide Shut (1999) @ The Royal

Presented by the Ladies of Burlesque, this screening will feature a burlesque performance by Rubie Magnitude.


Dec. 13

Metropolitan (1990) @ Revue Cinema

Presented by Designing the Movies. Hosted by journalist Nathalie Atkinson, Designing the Movies uses at direction, production, set, and costume design as a lens for analysis.

Paid in Full (2002) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

The boys of Boosie Fade bring the party to the Lightbox with this special screening of Charles Stone III’s Paid in Full, followed by drinks at a post-screening party.


Dec. 14, 15, & 16

The Fifth Element (1997) @ The Cinesphere


Dec. 14

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) @ Revue Cinema

Part of the Dumpster Raccoon series hosted by Anthony Oliveira; screening trashy cult classics accompanied by live performances.

Kuffs (1992) @ Eyesore Cinema

Presented by Trashterpiece Theatre.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Love Actually (2003) FREE @ Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema*

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) @ The Royal

Suspiria (1977) FREE @ Innis Town Hall



Dec. 15

Home Alone (1991) @ Fox Theatre

Silent Partner (1978) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Vagabond (1985) 35mm @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

White Christmas (1954) FREE @ Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema

A Woman Under the Influence (1974) @ The Royal

Die Hard (1988) @ Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema SOLD OUT

Die Hard (1988) @ Revue Cinema  SOLD OUT

Drunken Cinema is hosting a special “X-Mas” themed movie drinking game to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this action-packed holiday cult classic.


Dec. 16

Its a Wonderful Life (1946) FREE @ Fox Theatre

Jingle all the Way (1996) @ The Royal

Batman Returns (1992) @ The Royal

Come join the one and only drag queen extraordinaire Allysin Chaynes for a cinematic journey through your favorite cult films. Full movie, live and potentially very drunk commentary, special guests, performances, drinking games and plenty of surprises.

A Christmas Story (1983) FREE @ Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema*

Rare Exports (2010) @ Eyesore Cinema


Dec. 17 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) FREE @ Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema*


Dec. 18

3 Women (1977) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox


Dec. 19

Three Days of the Condor (1975) @ The Royal

Neon Dreams Cinema Club brings you an incidental Christmas classic guaranteed to wipe that Hallmark-smile right off your face.


Dec. 20

Dial Code Santa Claus (1989) @ The Royal

Presented by the Laser Blast Film Society.

The Atomic Cafe (1982) @ Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema


Dec. 21, 22

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Die Hard (1988) @ Revue Cinema  


Dec 21, 22, & 23

Die Hard (1988) @ The Cinesphere


Dec. 22

Black Christmas (1974) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox


Dec. 26 & 27

The Sound of Music (1965) @ The Cinesphere


Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30

Interstellar (2014) @ The Cinesphere


Dec. 28, 29 & 30

The Wizard of Oz: An IMAX 3D Experience (1939) @The Cinesphere


Dec. 28 & 29

The Apartment (1960)@ The Royal 

When Harry Met Sally (1989) @ The Royal


Dec. 28

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) SHADOWCAST @ Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema

As always, Hot Docs will be presenting the cult classic with Toronto’s own Shadow Cast who will be performing their own satirical, comedic version of the film for audiences during the show.


Dec. 31

The Big Lebowski (1998) @ Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema

The seventh annual Dude’s New Year’s event. After the screening, watch the countdown on the big screen and toast the New Year.


*Accessibility Note: The Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema FREE screenings of Love ActuallyChristmas Vacation and A Christmas Story will all be presented with Open Captions.